Facing flak over hardline posturing by its offshoots, RSS held an iftar for Muslims from across the country as well as diplomats of Muslim countries for the first time on Saturday.
Indresh Kumar, a senior RSS functionary and chief patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the Muslim wing of the Hindutva organisation, stressed that people of one faith should respect other religions and not criticise them.
At the function organised at Parliament Annexe building, Kumar said followers of different religions should respect other faiths and not become extremists and went on to quote from the holy book of Muslims to stress that mutual peace and harmony was the message of god.
Ambassadors of a few countries, including Egypt, and representatives of various Muslim countries attended the event, the organisers said.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan was also present. Kumar said differences in religious beliefs should be respected and emphasised that Islam taught peace and harmony.
Hindutva organisations have been facing flak for pushing their hardline agenda with programmes like 'Ghar Wapsi' and 'Love Jihad'.